One Trail to Eagle

The Yocona Area Council has a rich history of Eagle scouts. Over the next few months we will be highlighting facts and stories about Eagle Scouts as part of our Trail to Eagle Campaign. Check back here for weekly updates or like our page on facebook or follow us on twitter for daily updates. If you are an Eagle Scout or know an Eagle Scout in our council and have stories you would like to share, please email them to, post them on our facebook page, or share your story on Twitter #onetrailtoeagle.

We are also planning a few special events for our Eagle Scout Alumni so stay tuned for those oppurtunities. 

“Eagle Scouts of every age know that “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.” Whether they have held the rank for a day or for decades, they realize that reaching Scouting’s highest rank has prepared each of them for a future open to possibilities, opportunities, and continuing adventures.”

While there are many paths in life, there is only one trail that leads to Eagle.

  1. At every Eagle Scout Ceremony Scouting's newest Eagle Scout and often Eagle Scouts in the audience recite The Eagle Scout Promise. Just like Eagle Scouts before him, that young man will know that he is an Eagle Scout: 
    I reaffirm my allegiance to the three promises of the Scout Oath.
    I thoughtfully recognize and take upon myself the obligations and responsibilities of an Eagle Scout. 
    On my honor, I will do my best to make my training an example and my status and my influence count strongly for better Scouting and for better citizenship in my troop, in my community, and in my contacts with other people.
    To this I pledge my sacred honor.
  2. Baden Powell’s original advancement scheme had the top Scouting award as the Silver Wolf. Reviewers of the 1911 Handbook for Boys suggested using America’s national bird and the Eagle Scout Award was born.
  3. In 2011, Eagle Scout projects alone represented more than 6.7 million hours of community service.
  4. The very first Eagle Scout was Arthur Rose Eldred, who earned the badge on August 21, 1912.
  5. Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, is an Eagle Scout. When he said, “The Eagle has landed,” he wasn’t kidding. In 1969, Armstrong became the first Eagle Scout to be portrayed on a U.S. postage stamp called “The Man on the Moon.”
  6. "Achieving the rank of Eagle was one of the most important events of my life, not only setting me on a course for my life, but also opening doors for me later. I owe the rank of Eagle for the privilege of my profession of dentistry, I know it directly influenced my interview board toward my acceptance into dental school." - Ronald Wheeler D.M.D.
  7. Members of the first Eagle Scout Board of Review included: Chief Scout Executive James E. West, Chief Scout Ernest Thompson Seton, and National Scout Commissioner Daniel Carter Beard.
  8. According to a 2010 Baylor University Study, Eagle Scouts are 39% more likely than non-Scouts to report being extremely close with their religious community.
  9. The first documented scout to earn Eagle in what is now the Yocona Area Council was Richard Warriner of Troop 1 in Corinth, MS on May 9th, 1925.
  10. Chicksa 202's newest Vigil Honor members include: Andy Clausel, Drew Mulkey, Daniel Wiseman, Debbie Dabbs, John Mulkey, and Johnny Price. All 3 youth are Eagle Scouts and all 3 adults are parents of Eagle Scouts
  11. According to a 2010 Baylor University Study, Eagle Scouts are 66% more likely than non-Scouts to volunteer time to a religious organization.
  12. Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scouts Blake Parham and Isuru Hewamanna from Troop 45 in Oxford.
  13. Three landmark Eagle Scouts all have names beginning with “A.” The first Eagle Scout is Arthur Eldred (1912) of Long Island, New York; the 1 millionth Eagle (1982) is Alexander Holsinger of Normal, Illinois; and the 2 millionth Eagle (2009) is Anthony Thomas of Lakeville, Minnesota.
  14. Eagle Scout Shane Victorino delivers critical hit to win second World Series.
  15. Robert Gates, Former US Secretary of Defense, former CIA Director, former President of Texas A&M, and Distinguished Eagle Scout selected to become the next President of the Boy Scouts of America.
  16. As the father of an Eagle Scout, my son’s achieving the rank means an awful lot to me. Earning the rank requires a Scout to learn how to be a leader, gives the scout practical hands on experience in being a leader, and helps them learn how to function in a group setting, all practical skills in the business world. - John Mulkey,
    Scoutmaster, Troop 45
  17. President Gerald R. Ford, the only Eagle Scout to become President of the United States, became an Eagle Scout at age 14.
  18. Eagle Scout and LAX Shooting Survivor says Boy Scout Frist Aid Training Saved his Life.
  19. According to a 2010 Baylor University Study, Eagle Scouts are 76% more likely than non-Scouts to have held leadership positions in their local community
  20. "Scouting gave me a faith. The first church service I ever attended was Scout Sunday in 1979 at the First United Methodist Church in Ripley. A decade later, I presented an Eagle Award at the First Baptist Church in Ripley and soon after joined and was baptized there. I met my wife there, was later married there and now serve as a Deacon." 
    B. Sean Akins
    Scoutmaster Troop 38 
    Ripley, Mississippi
  21. The first official Eagle Scouts of the Yocona Area Council were Robert Pegram and Reid Tallechet of Troop 12 in Tupelo, MS on September 28th, 1927. They were presented their Eagles at the MS-AL State Fair in front of a crowd of 5,000.
  22. Every year the Yocona Area Council Class of Eagles are named in honor of a local council leader starting with the Erst Long Class of Eagles in 1961.
  23. This Veterans Day, we honor the brave men and women who have fought for our freedom. Thank you for your service.As part of our Trail to Eagle campaign we would like to highlight those Veterans who first wore a uniform as an Eagle Scout. 
  24. Eagle Scout John Stanley of Corinth service his country as pilot during WWII after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is one of at least 10 Eagle Scouts from the council to graduate from a U.S. military academy.
  25. 36.4 percent of the United States Military Academy (West Point) cadets were involved in Scouting as youth. 16.3 percent of cadets are Eagle Scouts. 
  26. 25 percent of United States Naval Academy (Annapolis) midshipmen were involved in Scouting as youth. 11 percent of midshipmen are Eagle Scouts.
  27. 22.5 percent of United States Air Force Academy cadets were involved in Scouting as youth. 11.9 percent of cadets are Eagle Scouts.
  28. Eagle Scout Bill Dabbs of Tupelo was elected at the first Lodge Chief for Order of the Arrow Chicksa Lodge 202 on July 15, 1941.
  29. Eagle Scouts are leaders. "Mr. Richard Milam presented my Eagle with my family at the Iuka Methodist Church in the 1960`s. I have fulfilled my obligation as an Eagle Scout by being Scoutmaster of Troop 45, Oxford. Ms. for 10 years and Troop 26,I uka, Ms. for 18 years. I have been Chairman of the Eagle Board of Review for Tishomingo County since 1998. I have been a State Farm agent in Iuka, Ms. since 1980." Donnie Brown- Eagle Scout –Iuka Ms.
  30. Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton became an Eagle Scout at age 13.
  31. Need someone to save your life? According to a 2010 Baylor University Study, Eagle Scouts are 90% more likely than non-Scouts to have CPR certification.
  32. The concept of a required Eagle Scout leadership service project was introduced in the 1965 Scout handbook.
  33. For the first four decades, adult leaders could continue working on their trail to Eagle. In 1952, rules changed and all Eagle requirements had to be completed by the Scout’s 18th birthday.
  34. The original plans for Camp Yocona were drawn up by Tom Smith, a Starkville architect and Yocona Area Council Eagle Scout.


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